Donald Trump: North Korea 'sincere' in talks offer

The meeting between the two counties provides fresh hope of a thawing of tensions More

That essentially is going to be a huge disappointment for the domestic audience in South Korea and for the United States.

Since taking office, Trump has championed a policy of "maximum pressure" on North Korea, cranking up international sanctions to limit the country's trade.

North Korea has said over and over again in the past that it will not negotiate over its nuclear programme.

Kim Jong Un has said that he would give up his nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees and normalization of relations with the US, but this is not entirely new.

The United States formally concluded Tuesday that North Korea murdered Kim Jong Un's half-brother with the banned VX nerve agent, blasting Pyongyang for deploying a chemical weapon in a packed international airport.

In response to opposition politician Hong's criticism on Wednesday that the results of the visit had been too favorable to Pyongyang, Moon said Seoul had judged that the DPRK had offered concessions "beyond expectations". He had lived in exile for years before his death, most recently in the Chinese territory of Macau, and kept a low profile.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, added "it's good for everybody to keep some perspective and take a deep breath".

North Korea has vowed never to give up what it calls an essential deterrent against U.S. hostility.

Next month, North Korea and South Korea will have the first meeting between their leaders since 2007 at the border village of Panmunjom, said Chung Eui-yong, head of the South Korean delegation.

US officials said Tuesday that the State Department made its determination on Feb. 22 under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991. They resulted in a series of cooperative projects between the Koreas that were scuttled during subsequent conservative administrations in the South.

The statement gave no details or evidence on how the US had come to their conclusion. It's the first time a North Korean leader has crossed the border since the end of the Korean War in 1953. "It is necessary to be extremely accurate in this situation and not to engage in provocations that would throw the situation back", the Russian diplomat said.

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The agency did not provide details on what that agreement was but an official from the presidential Blue House in Seoul said it partially addressed the summit offer made by the North. That ominous technological breakthrough would put cities like Los Angeles and even New York in striking distance of a hostile regime, something that is unthinkable to many in the West Wing. The North defends its weapons programs as necessary to counter U.S. aggression.

Certain curbs have also been imposed on export of industrial machinery, iron, steel and other metals, the notification said.

The US has long insisted that Pyongyang take concrete steps towards denuclearisation as a precondition.

South Korean envoys will bring a private message to the US from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they meet in Washington later this week, according to reports.

Chung's visit to the US capital follows praise Trump showered on North Korea on Tuesday for participating in the Games. But, does all this ultimately lessen the chances of a war, or, paradoxically, just the opposite?

The additional sanctions against Pyongyang came into effect on Monday, after the US "officially" determined that the Pyongyang government was involved in Kim's half-brother's assassination, according to Nauert. But Pyongyang could very well detach Seoul from its alliance with Washington, particularly if President Trump still looks to be more belligerent. The United States, however, has made clear that it doesn't want empty talks and that all options, including military measures, are on the table.

The US president called the reclusive state "terrific" and suggested that more progress in defusing the nuclear stand-off in Northeast Asia would be around the corner.

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